Vast national park with outdoor activities year-round on Maine coast; carriage roads, hiking and rock climbing; gardens; tidepools; camping
This magnificent park on the rugged coast of Maine is on Mount Desert Island; it surrounds the town of Bar Harbor.
Visitors come for many attractions and activities, like bicycling, bird watching, boating, rock climbing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, scenic drives, swimming, skiing and snowmobiling.
Featured places are Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse on Mount Desert Island; Cadillac Mountain; Isle au Haut; and the Wild Gardens of Acadia. The park is laced with 19th-century carriage trails for walking, biking, and driving.
Visitor Centers: Hulls Cove Visitor Center, Route 3, and the Sieur de Monts Nature Center are open May through October; Park Headquarters is open November through mid-May.
973 South Lubec RoadLubec, ME, 04652Phone: 207-733-0911
Magnificent views of New Brunswick; walks along cliffs; near historic lighthouse
Quoddy Head State Park is on the tip of America's easternmost peninsula, and adjacent to the historic West Quoddy Head Lighthouse. Great place for a picnic, to enjoy scenery, and to explore trails along the cliffs. Visitors can the towering red cliffs of Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick, Canada, across the Quoddy Channel. Open May 15 to October 15.
Park map. Park trail map
Via Route 189 through Lubec and across the FDR Memorial BridgeThrough Lubec, MEPhone: 506-752-2922
Eight miles of trails at this park honoring U.S. - Canada friendship
The park is located on Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada. Accessible by FDR Memorial Bridge from the U.S. town of Lubec, this was the summer home for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Now a 2,600-acre park, visitors can see the home or hike on more than eight miles of trails.
Grounds open year round from a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset. Visitor Center and Roosevelt Cottage open Saturday before Memorial Day through Columbus Day, daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..
40 South Edmunds RoadDennysville, ME, 04628Phone: 207-726-4412
Camping, walking, exploration at this park on a dramatic tidal bay
Cobscook Bay surrounds this park on three sides and offers the natural beauty of dramatically changing tides, from 24 to 28 feet, compared to an average of 9 feet along Maine's southern coast. The park has 106 campsites for tents and recreational vehicles (RVs) along a sheltered inlet within the larger bay. There is a boat launch, but boaters should be aware of dangerous rapids created by fast-moving tides. Lots of fun trails to explore. - Park Guide & Map (PDF) - Campground Map